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    There Was A Huge Outpouring Of Support For This Little Girl Who Got Bullied For Loving Bugs

    Let Sophia play with her bugs!

    This is Sophia. She's seven-and-a-half years old and she loves bugs.

    But not everyone share's Sophia's love for critters, and Spencer said kids at school have been bullying her daughter over it.

    "This series of similar events kept happening," Spencer said. "I encouraged her to speak up to teachers and she would come home tell me the teacher either ignored her or did nothing about the names and teasing."

    Spencer promised her daughter she would find out more about how she could become a professional bug hunter when she grows up, so she reached out to the Entomology Society of Canada.

    A young girl who loves insects is being bullied & needs our support. DM your email & we'll connect you! #BugsR4Girls

    In a letter to the society, she described the bullying and asked if there was anyone who could mentor Sophia or be a pen pal to her.

    "I want her to know from an expert that she is not weird or strange ... for loving bugs and insects," Spencer wrote in her letter.

    The response, Spencer said, was immediate and overwhelming. Within only a day, Sophia had dozens of fellow bug lovers from around the world offering to help.

    "There have been people working in Canada, the Amazon rainforest, Venezuela, the UK, and USA reaching out to offer support, encouragement and offers to be her pen pal. I know she cannot even grasp the amount of support this has shown but I do and it has truly been a blessing."

    And when Sophia heard that all of these amazing scientists wanted to give her tours of their research facilities, Spencer said she fell down on her bed and said, "Oh my I must be dreaming this."

    Now, with the new school year almost started, Sophia knows she's not weird for liking bugs. And she has a ton of new friends who will do everything they can to keep encouraging her.

    Keep hunting those bugs, Sophia!